The Devil's Rejects 2005

The Devil's Rejects

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Zombie has improved as a filmmaker since "House of 1000 Corpses" and will please fans of the genre, but beware -- the horror is nasty, relentless, and sadistic.

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After a raid on the rural home of the psychopathic Firefly family, two members of the clan, Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), manage to flee the scene. Heading to a remote desert motel, the killers reunite with Baby's father, Capt. Spaulding (Sid Haig), who is equally demented and intent on maintaining their murder spree. While the trio continues to torment and kill various victims, the vengeful Sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe) slowly closes in on them.

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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Rejects

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (63)

  • The look and feel of this film is a total nightmare, and some of the most effective American mood-making in years.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • As the body count rises, The Devil's Rejects tries hard to stay funny and nasty, but the effort shows...

    January 17, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's an audacious piece of filmmaking, but after a while it grows exhausting to watch, particularly when it becomes clear that violence is going to lead to more violence without much story or conscience surfacing.

    September 26, 2005

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
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  • Indefensible on a moral level, Rob Zombie's perversely watchable follow-up to his much-reviled cult hit House of 1000 Corpses is loaded with filmmaking energy.

    July 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • A hardcore horror film that will appall as much as entertain, The Devil's Rejects is both impressive and repugnant.

    July 26, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

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  • It has to be the sickest, the most twisted, the most deranged movie so far this year. And I'm giving it thumbs up because it's very good at what it wants to be.

    July 25, 2005

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  • Dec 08, 2019
    Certainly a different sort of movie, and a lot of people call it Zombie's best. Honestly, I like it about the same as House of 1,000 Corpses. I have the same problems with it as I did with its predecessor, that being that the grotesque pleasure it takes in human cruelty becomes hard to tolerate at times. However, at other times there is a genuine creativity in its cruelty and even an art to it's horror. Its final moments are almost beautiful. The fact that it shows these psychopaths in their murderous moments as inhuman monsters giving terrifying monologues but also just shooting the shit and eating ice cream is kind of intriguing. It's brilliant and also horrifying, which I guess is the point, even if it is hard to tolerate at times. It's good, even when it's hard to stomach.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2015
    The Empire Strikes Back of the Firefly Family franchise. Firstly because they're both the middle entry in their respective trilogies, and secondly because I gave them both the same rating. And I say that knowing full well how much the film community at large will look down on me for admitting it. But I don't care. This is a fantastic movie. Probably Zombie's best. Mm, second best. After Halloween II. Which is also the best Halloween movie. ...Now they're really coming for me.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2013
    This is a good movie. The characters are diverse and entertaining, and the interplay between all of them is what truly keeps the film interesting. There's some sickening scenes, and you could probably categorize this film under torture porn, but it isn't the worst I've ever seen and any horror fan could probably handle it and accept it as standard. I've heard this is the best Rob Zombie film, and I agree so far.
    Horrific R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2012
    Quite possibly the most disturbing, relentless, gruesome, sadistic, and morally apprehensible film I've ever seen, which is exactly what it's supposed to be. Loaded with tension and horrifying images, this isn't for the faint of heart but for a die-hard horror guru.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer

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